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South Carolina pediatrician receives drunk driving charges

A recent incident has left a South Carolina pediatrician facing serious criminal charges. The physician practices in Beaufort County, but news of his recent arrest may threaten his continued success as a children's doctor. In addition to drunk driving charges, the man is also accused of violating open container laws and endangering two children who were with him at the time of the incident.

Police arrived to the scene on Ashley River Road in Charleston when a car was reported as being stopped in the roadway. There were two other vehicles behind the stopped car, so the responding officer parked his patrol car in front of the vehicles. When he approached the car he found the physician in the driver's seat unresponsive.

According to the officer, he man woke up and made eye contact before driving forward, which led to a collision with the patrol car. At that point, the physician allegedly tried to make a u-turn and leave the scene, which led to a collision with a utility pole cable and street sign. At that point he was removed from the vehicle and arrested. Because there were two teenage girls in the car with him at the time, he is also faced with child endangerment. The group had been at a gymnastics event earlier in the day.

This case has yet to go before a court, and it is possible that the charges could be dropped, or that a conviction cannot be obtained in the case. Unfortunately, a great deal of damage to the physician's reputation may have already been done due to media reports of the drunk driving charges he faces. When an individual is accused of drinking and driving, the road ahead can be challenging. With the proper legal counsel, this South Carolina pediatrician may be able to mitigate some of the negative aspects of this incident, and return to a successful medical practice.

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